Vitor Belfort States Nate Marquardt is Middleweight Top Contender

Written by Tom Ngo
November 11th, 2009

No matter how much UFC president Dana White tries to jam it down our throats, MMA fans just aren’t buying that Vitor Belfort is deserving of a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight crown. How can we considering he is 1-0 since returning to the Octagon, a bout that was at a 195-pound catchweight?

“I didn’t look for the fight. Actually, I’d like to have a couple more fights,” Belfort told MMAFanHouse. “But you know, I think he deserves it. Nate Marquardt deserves the fight. I didn’t call the fight. I’m just an employee.”

Although Silva dominated Marquardt in their first meeting back at UFC 73 in July of 2007, the 1stRound TKO loss sent the Jackson Submission-trained fighter on a sick 4-1 tear, with his sole loss coming via a controversial split decision to Thales Leites.

Marquardt, for one, absolutely agrees with Belfort’s assessment, especially if you take into account that Belfort had difficulty making the 196-pound weight limit for his fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 103.

“To be honest, I have no clue what’s going on,” Marquardt recently told HDNet’s Inside MMA. “To me, it’s not logical that Vitor would get a shot after one fight at 195. It was his first fight back in the UFC, it wasn’t even a middleweight fight, and he gets a middleweight title shot? It doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s not my decision, and I don’t really care, I just want to fight.”

Sorry Nate, word on the street is that the UFC is sticking to their plan of having Belfort challenge “The Spider” once he’s fully healed from elbow surgery, and you’ll will be pitted against fast-rising Chael Sonnen at UFC 110 in Australia.

Still no word on why White is hellbent on making Belfort the middleweight top contender, however here are my two cents on how this dilemma can be resolved quickly:

While fellow 185-pound top contender Dan Henderson remains MMA’s hottest free agent and Silva rides the rehabilitation pony, have Marquardt and Belfort square-off to determine who’s next in line. This will put to rest all doubts as to who really is deserving of a 5Round affair against the king.

Does this make too much sense, or is it just me?

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